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>> jon: welcome to daily show. my name is jon stewart. guest tonight, we have a good one for you tonight. my guest tonight jon favreau who is either acclaimed director of ironman or the former chief's speech writer of president obama. i do not know and i have not asked. we're going to start tonight across the hudson river where long-time new jersey senator frank laudenberg sadly has passed away at the age of 89 leaving my home state of new jersey temporarily unrepresented. yes, my home state, new jersey. you may not know this. buy bourgeois pronunciation, my taste for exotic sex boys that i may seem like a some physician ticked and urbane new yorker but at heart i'm just a jersey boy nostalgic for the garden state's
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winding country roads. historic cart-a-combs. and amber waves of pizza. you know, my grandfather... [ cheers and applause ] beautiful it is. my grandfather came to this country, worked night and day in the pizza fields just so he could feed his family. ironically. anyway, my beloved state finds itself one senator down. new jersey governor chris christie has three options. >> governor decides to set a special election sometime this fall. it could be held on november 5. >> and the third was to do it in november 2014, have a place-holder until then. >> jon: or number four, drive five guys in a van down to the pine barrens at midnight. by the time morning comes, you
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got one senator in the car. you know what i mean? plenty of leg room. it's a van. so, appoint someone... appoint someone. what? it's a beautiful portrait he had taken at sears. we can appoint someone until lautenberg's term would be up which is november 2014 or you fill the seat sooner during the already scheduled november 2013 gubernatorial election. i'll tell you the one option he's not going to take, that weird october special election. you know the one that is going to happen three weeks before the general? i know he's not going to do that because in 2009 governor chris christie commented spoafl on what he would do when he was asked -- and this is true if frank lautenberg died. >> i think any responsible would
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call for a special election that would cost $10 million. >> jon: of course they wouldn't. a responsible governor wouldn't do that. the only kind of governor who would call something like that would be one of the least responsible ones. i'm looking at you, the honorable [bleep]. that's right. are you allowed to do that? so, why do we bother putting asterisks and things in the name. he is the finger. anyway, what did governor chris christie choose. >> he said a special election for october 16. >> jon: what the devil? [ cheers and applause ] he chose the irresponsible three weeks before the general election $10 million special election? >> the special election estimated to cost nearly $24
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million. (crowd groaning). >> jon: $24 million. actually it's probably only about $12 million because you do have to have a primary no matter what. still, $12 million. >> the cost associated with having a special primary and general election in my mind cannot be measured against the value of having an elected representative in the united states senate with so many consequential issues are being debated. >> jon: 2009? and then. and you're only gaining three weeks of controversial issue electedded representation. the key phrase there is "in the senate." three weeks of work in the senate is basically 28 lobbyists meet-and-greet h.14 days of old man smell acclamation and six filibusters. you're paying $4 million a week. what are you up to, chris
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christie? >> critics say the decision is all about chris christie insisting the governor just wants to keep newark mayor cory booker now the democratic favorite to win the senate race off the november ballot. the big democratic turnout for booker could help chris christie's opponent. >> jon: that is such a corrupt abuse of power. i miss new jersey so much. [ cheers and applause ] it's just hard to see corrupt abuse of power and not think about it at all. the man i guess governor chris christie must really be nervous about his gubernatorial opponent. who is that again? >> let me be clear. this guy is bono. i'm barbara buono. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> jon: you're spending $12 million. of tax payer money to beat that lady. barbara buono. >> i'm barbara buono. jon: i'm talking to christ-y over here. i can't believe this, governor. you're already up 32 points in the polls. you know you're going to win. you're going to spend $12 million extra tax payer dollars to make sure you beat the spread. your whole reputation is supposed to be about protecting new jersey tax payers. >> are you stupid? i'm sorry for the idiots over there. >> jon: i'm with that guy. we'll be rightdz-x,xd.;(7]woeqew
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>> jon: welcome back. the past five years congress has maintained a near flawless record of uselessness. but even with their top obstructionists, things were bound to fall through the cracks. a bridge gets fixed up. expanded health care coverage gets passed. but since that slip-up, the house has voted to appeal or defund obama care 37 times not because they're stubborn. they have no short-term
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memories. it's covered. while congress inhabits a fantasy world where you can turn back history by wishing hard enough, governors live in actual states with actual poor people who need actual medical attention. before the affordable care act we had two programs. one was medicaid. the other was the emergency room. the first one modestly priced, paid for by the other. the other we pre-end tend not to pay for and is the reason why one advil is $12,000. most of the tab will be picked up to expand medicare coverage in the state to cover more people. all the governors do is have to say the magic word yes. thumbs-up will do. seems like a total no-brainer for the governors. >> already 15 states with republican governors who said they will not participate in the medicaid expansion. >> jon: the no-brain states. states like texas,
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mississippi, alabama, south carolina. >> jon: known collectively as america's health belt. rejecting expanded medicaid means that states are going to have to come up with their own plan. utah is considering charity as a replacement for medicaid expansion. texas just wants a bag of money with no strings attached. and of course iowa is going with optimism. >> we've got a better idea in iowa. we're working to get people to take ownership of their own health. we're focusing on exercise. >> jon: right after we eat the world's largest fried cow-lamb on a stick. but tennessee may have found the best medicaid solution of all. jessica williams has more. >> states are scrambling to come up with alternatives to the obama care medicaid expansion.
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tennessee has a truly innovative way to address the needs of their neediest. >> if you're elderly and very sick, tennessee wants to help you with their medical bills. >> the new program called standard spend down. it helps people who are poor or even those who make too much money for medicaid. >> here's how it works. you're going to have to call a hot line and it will close sun they've taken information from 2500 people. but be warned. it is is the same number thousands of other people will be calling at the same time. >> reporter: yep. it's the health care lottery. give it up for the tennessee dander spenddown. rather than accept federal money to cover 330,000 uninsured they award health care to only the first 2500 callers. it's like calling the morning for tickets except if you don't win your diabetes goes untreated. enthusiast gina luther loves it. >> what idiot come up with that
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idea? it's playing with people's lives. like you were playing a slot machine. >> you don't like slot machines? i love slot machines. but i don't like russian roulette. >> sounds like somebody wasn't dialing fast enough. >> no, i just wasn't able to call. i was actually in the hospital having surgery. >> you lose, gina. i know that and i don't know why in this world that that anesthesiologist didn't wake me up. >> clearly she is just a poor loser. strategist explains why the state is doing the right thing. >> i've been talking to some folks in tennessee. they would be eligible for medicaid expansion but they're not big fans of tennessee rejecting it. what would you say to them? >> i think they need to understand that tennessee can't be everything to everybody. they have to make the budget balance. that's just the way it. is. >> the state budget must be saved from the medicaid expansion that doesn't affect the state budget. i bet one of the lucky 250
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winners will be more appreciative. >> congratulations, yeah! you just won the tennessee health care lottery. you persevered call a million times. now you finally got health insurance. >> not. ? well, they send you an application first. you fill out the application and then he send it back in. then you wait. then it takes 90 days to six months before you know anything. >> if you say it like that, it doesn't sound so great. but what about like this? >> well, they send you the application first. you fill the application out. then you send it back in. then you wait. >> okay. so health care lottery winners don't actually win health care. but they do win a mountain of paperwork and six months of suspense. >> any foreign bank access? don't. if you think that is [bleep] up, don't worry there's more. >> 3500 winners but the health
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care lottery reserves the right to say the contest is over before any calls are received. yes, this actually happened. >> reporter: there you have it, a solid alternative to obama care because tennessee conservatives know you can't do everything for everybody and sometimes that means doing nothing for the people who need it the most. so keep dialing, tennessee.>> ----0@ta $ @a[zíë(xuqtáúl]tx
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[ cheers and applause ] >> jon: welcome back. my guest tonight. not the director of ironman, the former director of speechwriting for president obama. he is the cofounder of fenway strategy and a columnist for the daily beast. please welcome to the program jon favreau. [ cheers and applause ] how are you? >> i'm well. how are you? >> jon: how was your new career? you've left the speechwriting. >> left the speechwriting. i have a life again. >> jon: how long did you speech write? >> i speech-wrote for... jon: don't. i see your talent already, sir. >> i was with the president since 2005 when he got to the senate. >> jon: but you seem very young to me. how old were you when you first began to write for him? >> 23 or 24. i can't remember now. >> jon: [bleep] you. how about that?
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how about that? wow. that's truly remarkable, not that i was doing wild turkey in the basement of a liquor store on route 1 in jersey. how did they find you or how did you find them? >> i was in the kerry campaign i was robert gibbs' assistant. gibbs left to go work for obama. obviously the kerry campaign didn't go so well. >> jon: what happened with that? and then gibbs called me when obama won and said he needed a speech writer. he never worked with one before. he wrote the 2004 convention speech himself. but now, you know, there are 48 hours in the day. he wouldn't be a speech writer. >> jon: are you the yes we can guy. >> yes we can was from the 2004 campaign. that was not me. but revised it for the new hampshire primary. >> jon: good work. so now are you still, you know,
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how do you feel about the white house a little bit under siege right now? do they come to you and go, hey, you've got a little something, maybe a paragraph or two you could throw us? work our way out of this. >> they do not. i mean, i was with him long enough to know and to see a lot of these, you know, crises before. i remember the oil spill and health care and, you know, the debt limit crisis and the fiscal cliff. so you go through these experiences and you realize that in the moment it seems like, oh, god, this is the end of the world. but the president came into office and the economy might go into depression and you're facing two wars. so, you know, he handled that. he can handle these. >> jon: the sense that you guys had is, it could be worse. >> a theme for the administration. >> jon: the difficulty for me is it seems like the fundamental foundation for his presidency
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was government can be an effective help for catalyst in creating conditions where people can make their own way. that's been difficult for him to necessarily live up to, to some extent. >> i think the reasons why... the reason why things like the i.r.s. scandal gets the president still angry is because he does have a vision of government that can be helpful. i think you're going to see him make sure that all the facts come out. >> jon: sure. people are held accountable. jon: they should be. it may not have nothing to do with the white house and it seems not to but it is something to look into it. that's a very powerful agency and it seems even they've apologized. >> particularly i think on the other side you have the affordable care act that, you know, states like california it's already working like it's supposed to. that's going to help a lot of people. things aren't perfect. right? >> jon: right. his vision was not of a government that can like make everyone... >> jon: for sure. i can pass some legislation and some decisions that make people's lives a little better.
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>> jon: i look at the v.a. thing of an example that worries me. he comes in and one of the first thing he says is we have a broken v.a. system. the bureaucracy is terrible. it's the kind of thing that politically nobody has a problem with. they're just trying to get the databases to line up and ease the burden on veterans. five years later the backlog is much higher and they still haven't really done it. that's the type of issue that i think... that's not republican obstructionism. that's not anything but we just didn't get it done. is that troubling to you as a fundamental issue? >> the president has been harping on this since we got there. he always wants to do more to modernize the federal government, to reorganization the federal government. i think the one thing everyone realizes when we got there is it's extremely difficult to shape a federal bureaucracy that's already been in place and change things out. a lot of these agencies just are set in their ways. it's difficult to get in there
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and change the way people act. >> jon: especially given like in terms of modernizing something, that's the expertise of the campaign. that they were, when you look at they revolutionized modern campaigning by using this technology. couldn't by executive order he could say $50 million and all my best tech guys. >> he asked for the authority to reorganize the federal government which you need to get. congress has to pass that authority. because every committee in congress is responsible for different agencies. >> jon: you wouldn't be allowed to say... >> there's a lot of separate technology where there's medical records online in the v.a. and people can apply for social security benefits online now. you couldn't before. there's a lot of things he's done with technology. i think he wants to do more. they will. >> jon: do you think he would look at that as a real failure,
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a disappointment or why is spheurt being such a dick about this? >> no, i think if you asked him, he'd say we have to work on that and keep going. we have to keep at it. i bet after the i.r.s. scandal, this will be one of the real pushes that he makes is to keep hammering on some of this. >> jon: were you able to maintain your idealism? because it is a terrible place washington. >> it is a terrible place. i think i maintained my idealism because i got to work with the president every day. looking back and taking the long view like he does, right, everyone else in washington freaks out on short-term thing. he's always looking at the long game. >> jon: how long are we talking here? >> eight years snob are we talking about the year 3000? >> no, i mean, you know, now we're looking back and the economy is doing a lot better, right? >> jon: (mumbling). it's getting there, right? one of his legacies will be obama care and making sure that
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is implementedded properly. i think that he's less worried about the crisis of the moment than what happens after... >> jon: what are you going to do now that you're 24? well, thank you so much. good luck in your new career. you're heading off to write some scripts and do some things. terrific. help the world and then help ruin it. %r
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>> jon: thank you. a little bit of an abrupt edit there with the interview with john favreau. the entire thing is up on the web. mostly just extra ironman questions to be honest with you. anyway, here it is your moment of zen. >> imagine you took a lot of acid and then he ate that whole bowl. you go home and you experience violent diarrhea. like you're tripping at 4:00 in
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the morning. you turn around and you look at the toilet. like there are ant engineering gone out of control? potatoes have eyes, corn has ears, and now turnips have big titties. then bad news for photojournalism. a picture is now worth about 37 words. and my guest, jonathan alter, has a new book about obama versus the republicans. so thrilling, it's like nothing gets done on every page. the t.s.a. has dropped its plans to allow golf clubs on airplanes. great. now the putting green in first class is useless. this is the colbert report. captioning sponsored by